The Power of a Letter

Esther

Esther

Marcos

Marcos

Angie

Angie

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esther and Marcos work at the Compassion Office in Lima, Peru. They help process letters between sponsors and sponsor children. They were both sponsor children themselves.

Angie lives in Ica, Peru. She has just recently been sponsored.

I wrote this poem after meeting them.

The three of them taught me about the power of a letter.

Compassion published this on their website on April 8th under their blog section.  http://www.compassion.com/

The Power of a Letter

Esther grew up poor in the country of Peru
She wanted to dream but didn’t know how to
Her stomach often empty, holes in her shoes
Poverty doesn’t ask, it’s not something you choose

Marcos had a mother, she did the best she could do
Life was hard, his belly hungry, in the sands of Peru
He longed for a father, he longed for a dad
He grew into adolescence, he grew into sad

Angie’s sister was sick, her 4 siblings prayed
Their face full of tears, while at church they played
Momma held her tight, through the Peruvian night
But her sister grew weak, and gave up the fight

Esther found hope, she found God’s love redeems
She found a church that cared, they told her to dream
They gave her food that filled, and shoes that were whole
She discovered new skills, new purpose, a new soul

Marcos learned to read, to write and to finally understand
That he had another Father, who loved him and had a plan
The church taught him, fed him, quickly growing tall
But he still struggled and wondered the meaning of it all

Angie hugs her momma, she squeezes out the grief
She tells her sis is in heaven, it’s the core of her belief
Her dry mouth is thirsty, water comes once a week
She’s thankful for the church, it delivers her relief

Esther has a new friend, a sponsor from another land
They say they really love her, yet letters they never send
Everyone else seems to get one, a new one every day
She sits, watches and wonders, will one ever come my way

Marcos brain is spinning, he’s wondering if life’s worth living
He doesn’t know where to go, is another day worth giving
But his new friends who sponsor, who write him quite often
Remind him of some wisdom, and his heart begins to soften

Angie’s roof is leaking, it’s made of straw and hay
But her smile is a sign that she’ll make it one more day
Her house is very fragile, but she is standing strong
Around the world a sponsor is telling her she’s not wrong

Esther grew into a woman, with great faith and passion
She grew as a leader, it’s what was taught by Compassion
She struggled not knowing her sponsor’s opinions
So she made a vow it wouldn’t happen to other children

Marcos read the letters, memorizing his sponsor’s scriptures
It brought healing to his mind, and to life a clearer picture
He now makes sure that children receive the same gift
By processing words that give them an affirmative lift

Angie is still young, she will have a sponsor for years
But she is still yet to get that first letter, so she fears
Will she be like Esther, waiting day after day after day
Or will it be like Marcos, receiving words that will light her way

The good news is Jesus lives in Esther, Marcos and Angie’s heart
Their sponsors gave willingly and it played a huge part
But don’t underestimate the power that a simple letter can make
God’s wisdom does not return void, it’s a gift you can’t forsake

So if you sponsor a beautiful child made by God’s own hands
Write a letter today and tell them about God’s amazing plans
Write them a scripture, one they will surely memorize
Maybe it’s Jeremiah 29:11, God’s promise they will thrive

3 thoughts on “The Power of a Letter

  1. Well said, Ken. These letters are so important to these kids and really don’t take much time on our part to write. I’ve met many Compassion kids who have told me the importance of these letters in changing the direction of their lives. Thanks for your continuing and strong support of this wonderful ministry.
    Jim Copeland

  2. how sad the kids do not receive a letter. they already have so little, a letter is such a small thing to give hope and vadidating their feelings and that someone cares about them. if we are going to sponser, then we shoud follow thru with letters. Thanks Ken, You have such a compassionate heart! a great quality. You will be so blessed !

  3. amazing poem Ken, it makes my heart lift to know every letter I have sent to our sponsored kids makes a true difference!!

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